With the constant evolution of how data is managed, the definition of “being secure” at an operational level continues to change. Often, the only guidelines are compliance standards (e.g. PCI, HIPAA), dictated by various governmental and private institutions.

While essential to meeting your organizational security goals, these standards often provide a framework for the minimum amount of protection needed for your sensitive data to be considered secure from cyber threats. So, instead of taking a myopic view of compliance (e.g. only focusing on how to be HIPAA-compliant), organizations should consider how their security program is actually protecting them from data breaches.

Overcoming this imbalance begins with understanding the difference between security and compliance – and the fact that if you’re secure, you’ll be compliant.

This page explores why this struggle exists between security vs compliance and how Armor can help.

Security vs. Compliance

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Learn what organizations can do to ensure they meet HIPAA requirements while concurrently building a security-first organization.



There’s a misconception that security and compliance are the same. Understanding the difference between security vs compliance is critical to protecting your data.


The sum total of processes and features safeguarding your data. Effective security requires threat identification through proactive risk assessment and threat intelligence as well as active monitoring and analysis of your network environment. Its efficacy is measured by the response time to incidents or the lack thereof.


Dictated by various governmental and private organizations, these standards represent a minimum bar to provide “security” for the specified data type and is measured as a point-in- time snapshot of your security program – not its efficiency in preventing breaches.


Finding a Balance

Despite their differences, both are essential for processing, hosting and managing sensitive and regulated data. It’s essential to understand security vs compliance and how to solve for both.

How to Operationalize Security and Compliance:

  • Make security and compliance part of regular business-as-usual operations.
  • Ensure risk management is included in all phases of your operations – risk assessment should be an ongoing process, not a once-a-year exercise.
  • Regularly review and audit your internal controls and processes.

Where Armor can help:

Armor can help you achieve balance in the struggle of security vs compliance. Our cloud security solutions were purpose-built to provide the highest levels of security and control for your cloud data – ensuring you can adhere to even the most demanding compliance standards.

Being Totally Secure in the cloud is achieved by adhering to the highest levels of data security as determined by the sensitivity of your data. Simply put: if you’re secure, you’ll be compliant.

We can help you get there.

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